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Equipping Young Adults for Real World Success


LifeSmartADDRESSING THE NEED

Dennis Trittin founded LifeSmart Publishing to help address the life skills deficit hindering today’s younger generation. Observation and research suggests this looming crisis is rooted in several cultural and institutional forces:

    1. increasing fragmentation of family life
    2. immature or absent parenting
    3. schools viewing character/life skills as the domain of parents and therefore focusing primarily on traditional subject matter; parents incorrectly assume schools are fully covering key life subjects (e.g., finance)
    4. inadequate youth employment opportunities
    5. harmful cultural messages from the media and entertainment industries

The end result is that our society is producing a generation of young adults largely unprepared to negotiate life, develop and maintain healthy life-long relationships, demonstrate honorable and effective leadership, build stable households, and succeed in a--- Read More
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Building Likeability Skills in Our Students

2/4/2016 3:27:00 PM

Although Valentine’s Day is all about love, this week we’re taking it down a notch to celebrate like—specifically, likeability! The fact is, likeability is a hallmark of successful people and an especially valuable social skill to nurture in our students. In fact, when it comes to landing a job, it’s often the deal breaker in who receives the offer (and even who wins the presidential election!).   For some, likeability comes naturally; for others, not so much—--- Read More
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7 Tips for Optimum Time Management

1/31/2016 6:52:41 PM

  The essence of life is time and choices ~ Author Unknown Did you know that February is National Time Management Month? I know, it seems like a silly thing to dedicate an entire month to, but, clearly, time management has become one of our greatest challenges in this distraction-laden world. Whether it’s from our tendency to overcommit or succumb to the temptations of our technology, we’re devoting more of our time to lower value activities. Not surprisingly, it’s a--- Read More
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Priceless Mentoring Conversations

1/23/2016 2:32:34 PM

  You did it! You’ve entered into one of the most important and fulfilling roles you’ll ever play. You’re a mentor. And now that you’ve signed up, you’re probably wondering, “What next?” And, then you remember all of the mentors who invested in you and how they…   Listened to what was on your mind and heart Encouraged you every step of the way Inspired you to be more than you ever imagined you could be Shared real life stories --- Read More
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Mentoring: A Free Gift for the Young and Old

1/17/2016 1:19:17 AM

January is National Mentoring Month, so we at LifeSmart are focusing on all things mentoring! Why are mentors so important? Simply put, they offer wisdom and insight, friendship, encouragement, accountability, and invaluable connections for building a professional network. Mentoring relationships serve as a powerful intergenerational bridge that keeps us connected. And, all parties reap the benefits!   I was fortunate to be mentored by two pioneers in the investment consulting industry when--- Read More
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12 Tips for Getting the most From a Mentor

1/10/2016 8:58:18 PM

Did you know that January is National Mentoring Month? I was fortunate to be mentored by two pioneers in the investment consulting industry. Despite their many responsibilities and heavy workloads, they always took time to mentor me. I took advantage of every learning opportunity with them. I believe this was key to my career success, and I’m forever grateful to them.   Interestingly, many of my peers didn’t pursue these same mentoring opportunities. I never understood why becau--- Read More
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3 R's for the New Year: Reflection, Resolution, and (no) Regrets

1/3/2016 8:29:45 PM

Looking back on 2015, do you have any regrets? Are there things you did and wish you hadn’t—or things you didn’t do and wish you had? Any relationships that are strained? Opportunities missed?   We all have regrets from time to time. However, you can minimize big ones (or avoid them altogether) if you periodically ask yourself the regret question and then actually do something about it. The new year is a great time to start, but reflecting on our regrets and resolutions i--- Read More
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Out with the Old, In with the New!

12/24/2015 3:04:38 PM

A fresh year always inspires fresh dreams. Most of us think, “What are the things I could improve in my life, if I had a fresh start?” For some reason, “January 1” symbolizes new possibilities and a chance for a “do-over.”   In what area of your life would you like a fresh start?  In your parenting or other relationships? Your performance at school or on the job? How about being more financially savvy or more organized? Or, maybe yours is like mine:--- Read More
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Your Greatest Gift

12/20/2015 12:14:40 PM

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” -- Mother Teresa   What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?  How about the greatest one you’ve ever given? Can you come up with your top three?  Is there a common denominator?   More often than not, when I ask people these questions, they generally answer with memories of gifts that: were not expected were ones they (or the other person) really needed but wouldn’t--- Read More
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The Joy of Living Generously

12/13/2015 6:25:16 PM

The value of a man resides in what he gives  and not in what he is capable of receiving. ~Albert Einstein   Really, life’s greatest joys come not in the getting, but in the giving. Don’t you agree? People who live generously—not just with their money, but with their whole person—deserve special admiration. They’re not motivated by fame or fortune, but rather by joyful service. Their qualities of generosity, empathy, compassion, and kindness make them i--- Read More
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6 Tips for Maximizing “Family Togetherness” (and Avoiding Conflict) During the Holidays

12/4/2015 7:32:41 PM

One of the greatest things about the holiday season can also be the most challenging:     “Hooray! The whole family will be together!”  “Oh nooooo! The whole family will be together!” Even the happiest of families has conflict, especially when large numbers of people are indoors for extended periods. Add to the mixture the complexity of holiday activities and expectations, kids coming home from college, relatives travelling from afar, and other frie--- Read More
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Leadership for a Lifetime: Other-Centeredness

11/23/2015 12:49:27 AM

Has anyone ever done something nice for you that was so refreshing, it made your day? Maybe the person ahead of you at Starbucks paid for your coffee. A family member did your chores for you (without being asked). A friend brought or bought you dinner. It feels good, doesn’t it, when others go out of their way to express kindness to us?   And, it works both ways. When we’re the giver…we, too, share in the joy of the receiver. (As we enter the season of gifts, you’--- Read More
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